September 4, 2012

ANDERSON NAMED DIRECTOR OF CHIPOLA PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMS

 

                MARIANNA—After an extensive search, Steve Anderson has been selected as the new Director of Public Service Programs at Chipola College. Public Service includes academies in Corrections, Law enforcement and Fire-Fighting.

                Since 2007, Anderson has served as the Assessment Center Manager for Public Service programs at the college. In this role, Anderson performed background assessments of all academy applicants. This process assured that all graduates of public service programs were qualified to gain certification and employment in their respective fields. 

                In his previous position, Anderson also implemented a successful Equivalency of Training (EOT) course for correctional and law enforcement officers, which is now considered one of the model programs for the State of Florida. The EOT program provides training for formerly certified Florida correctional or law enforcement officers or those certified in other states seeking certification in Florida.  Officers from 45 of the continental 48 United States, some as far away as California and Washington D.C., have completed Chipola’s EOT program.

                Dr. Jason Hurst, vice-president of Baccalaureate and Occupational Education, says, “We are excited about the new leadership that Steve brings to the program. We are ready to move forward and will be working very hard to increase enrollment in all Public Service programs.”

                Anderson has more than 38 years of experience in the Public Service field. He has served as state investigator for the 14th Judicial Circuit of Florida. As well, he previously served as a Probation Supervisor for the Court system under Judge Woodrow W. Hatcher. He has taught numerous criminal justice classes over his years of public service.

                As a graduate of Chipola College, Anderson has a strong commitment to Chipola. Anderson says, “I owe my entire career to Chipola. My entire family has benefited from the educational experience that the college has offered over the years.  I am humbled for the confidence that the Chipola family as well as the local community has shown in me.”

                As for his plans in the new position, Anderson says, “I look forward to leading our Public Service programs into the future. We have outstanding instructors and support personnel who ensure that our graduates are well-prepared to serve and protect our citizens. Our vision is to progressively and effectively market for the future growth of the Public Service arena.”

                Chipola offers three academies in the public service division: Corrections, Law Enforcement and Fire-Fighting. Cross-over courses also are available to train correctional officers for certification as law enforcement officers, or to train law enforcement officers for correctional certfication. 

                Public Service programs are housed in a 44,000 square foot training facility on Chipola’s main campus. The Law Enforcement Lab features scenario training, a mock apartment for search and seizure, and special training areas for inmate-booking, crime-scene investigation, fingerprinting, breathalyzer, metal detector, radar, photo lab and 911 dispatch.  The Corrections Lab includes an inmate cell, dorm setting, control room, and various scenario set-ups.  The Fire Science Lab provides the latest in fire-fighting training, and a bay for two fire engines. 

                The Reddoch Firing Range Annex located on Blue Springs Highway features a firing range, burn building for fire-fighting and a skid pad for defensive driving training.

                For information about Chipola’s Public Service programs, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2394.

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ANDERSON NAMED DIRECTOR OF CHIPOLA PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMS—After an extensive search, Steve Anderson has been selected as the new Director of Public Service Programs at Chipola College. Anderson is pictured here in front of the Public Service building which offers academies in Corrections, Law enforcement and Fire-Fighting.

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September 6, 2012

CHIPOLA OFFERS I.T. CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College School of Business and Technology now offers computer information technology programs to prepare students to earn several industry-recognized certifications.

                Courses leading to the following certifications are available: CompTIA Certifications: A+, Network+ and Security+; Microsoft Certifications: Configuring Windows 7 and Microsoft Server 2008; and EC-Council Certifications: Certified Ethical Hacker.

                College credit courses in several areas can provide technical knowledge and skills needed to take industry certification tests or to prepare for careers or further education. These courses may also be applied to the Associate in Science (AS) Degrees in Networking Services Technology and Computer Information Technology.

                Chipola is participating in a U.S. Department of Labor funded grant with University of West Florida. The U.S. DOL recently awarded a $3.9 million grant to Chipola College and the University of West Florida to provide education, training and job placement assistance to meet the demand for high-skill workers in Northwest Florida.

                As a first step, prospective students may visit the website http://uwf.edu/floridahireed/ and complete the participant application form to determine eligibility. 

                For information on this and other programs served by the One Stop Center systems, call 850-718-0326 or 850-638-6089. The contact person at Chipola is Vicki Mathis at 850-718-2289. The Washington-Holmes contact is Stephanie Halley at 850-638-1180.

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CHIPOLA I.T. PROGRAMS— Chipola Information Technology instructor Matt White works with IT student John Johnson of Marianna. Chipola now offers information technology programs to prepare students to earn several industry-recognized certifications. For information on this program at Chipola, contact Vicki Mathis at 850-718-2289. The Washington-Holmes contact is Stephanie Halley at 850-638-1180.

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 September 6, 2012

CHIPOLA COSMETOLOGY OPEN FOR BUSINESS

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Cosmetology program salon is now open to provide salon services to the public. The program offers a variety of services performed by students for nominal fees including: shampoo, blow dry styles, haircuts, color, highlights, waxing, manicures, pedicures, relaxers, perms and up–styles. Salon days are currently on Wednesday and Thursday and appointments are required.

                The cosmetology program has a new home and a new online learning system (OLS) to enhance student learning. Pivot Point OLS allows students to access information at any time and from anywhere as they pursue their studies and prepare to take state board examinations. Students also have access to ebooks and videos.  The video content also is available on iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad.

                In addition to a new virtual environment, Cosmetology students also have a new facility that includes all the furnishings of a full-service salon. The program is housed in the new $3.3 million Workforce Development building which opened last year. In addition to 20 student work stations, the space also includes a facial room, a manicure/pedicure room and a customer-friendly reception area.  

                Cosmetology is a 1,200 hour program which takes approximately one year to complete. The competency-based program is designed to prepare the student for licensure in the field of cosmetology. New students will be accepted into the program in January 2013. Program hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

                For more information on the Chipola Cosmetology program, call 718-2439 or email: vanderwerfp@chipola.edu or scotta@chipola.edu

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CHIPOLA COSMETOLOGY OPEN FOR BUSINESS—The Chipola College Cosmetology program salon is now open to provide salon services to the public. Here, Cosmetology students Leslie Mollett of Bonifay (left) and Ashlee Easterling of Chipley, practice their styling skills. The program offers a variety of services performed by students for nominal fees including: shampoo, blow dry styles, haircuts, color, highlights, waxing, manicures, pedicures, relaxers, perms and up–styles. For information, call 718-2439 or email: vanderwerfp@chipola.edu or scotta@chipola.edu

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September 6, 2012

CHIPOLA’S STEPHENS EARNS DOCTORATE

 

                MARIANNA—Dr. Vickie Stephens, Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Chipola College, was recently honored by Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, Zeta Gamma Chapter, in recognition of outstanding student performance. 

                Dr. Stephens, a psychiatric advanced practice nurse practitioner, earned the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University of South Alabama in July.  She presented an overview of her doctoral research project at the Southeast/Gulf Coast Regional Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) Conference in Sumter, South Carolina, in August.  The plenary session was entitled, “Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) and Decreasing Delirium in the Acute Care Hospital.” 

                Jackson Hospital in Marianna, Florida, was the practice setting for the Stephens’ DNP project plan. She says, “I would like to thank the hospital staff for their help with this research. Jackson Hospital has promoted positive patient outcomes while addressing national patient goals.”

                In her role as Dean, Dr. Stephens oversees all of Chipola’s Health Science programs which include the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, the Associate Degree in Nursing, Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Nursing Assistant.

                For information about Chipola’s Health Science programs, call 850-718-2316 or visit www.chipola.edu

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September 6, 2012

FCA hosts Cook-Out at Chipola dorm

 

                MARIANNAThe Chipola College Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes recently hosted a Cook-Out for the students living in the Chipola residence hall.

                For the fifth consecutive year, Rev. Riley Henderson and St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church provided hamburgers and hotdogs with all the trimmings, side dishes and home-made desserts.  The students were served by the members of St. Luke’s and enjoyed good food and a great time of fellowship.

                Many of the students also attended a worship service at the Chipola Chapel led by Phil Crawford and the members of the Chipola Chapter of Chi Alpha.  The evening started with a time of music and worship followed by a powerful message from Rev. Henderson. 

                The Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets every Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the staff dining area of the Chipola Cafeteria.  All students are welcome and can expect food, fun and Bible study.  Dr. David Hilton, faculty sponsor for FCA and Chi Alpha, says, “You don’t have to be an athlete - or even athletic to be a part of FCA.” 

                Weekly Chapel services are at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday nights in the Chipola Chapel.  Chapel is led by Phil Crawford from Evangel Worship Center and Chi Alpha Christian fraternity.  Everyone is welcome.

                For more information contact Dr. David Hilton at 526-2761 or email hiltond@chipola.edu

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FCA HOSTS COOKOUT AT CHIPOLA DORM—The Chipola College Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes recently hosted a Cook-Out for the students living in the Chipola residence hall.

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September 6, 2012

CHIPOLA GALA IS SEPT. 20

 

                MARIANNA—The historic first performance in the new Chipola College Center for the Arts is just days away and tickets are going fast. The new $16 million center opens Thursday, Sept. 20, with A Grand Night featuring Broadway star Tony Yazbeck and two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers.

                Yazbeck is expected to sing and tap dance his way across the brand new Chipola stage and into the hearts of the first-ever audience in the new Center. Yazbeck most recently played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago.” Other Broadway credits include: “White Christmas” (Phil Davis), “Gypsy” (Tulsa), “A Chorus Line” (Al), “Never Gonna Dance,” “Oklahoma” and “Gypsy” with Tyne Daly.

                Tony has performed at Carnegie Hall and many of the top nightclub and concert venues in New York City. On Television, Tony has been featured on “As The World Turns,” “All My Children,” and in the first season of the new NBC hit series “Smash” about the creation of a Broadway musical. His Film and TV credits include the documentary “Every Little Step,” “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.”

                Sally Struthers will perform her one-woman show at the grand opening gala. From the loveable Gloria, daughter of Archie Bunker on “All in the Family,” to Miss Hannigan on Broadway, Sally Struthers is a national treasure. She is expected to reminisce about her days as the TV wife of Meat-Head (Rob Reiner) on the popular 1970’s sitcom, and also about her real life romance with Elvis Presley. In between, she’ll sing a couple of numbers, likely “Little Girls” from her role as Miss Hannigan in “Annie” and maybe even a John Prine song “Hello in There,” made popular by Bette Midler.

                Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre at Chipola, says, “Everyone is going to love Sally. She’s a hoot and a great talent.” Struthers is also expected to mix with the crowd at the after-party immediately following the show.  The event includes an after party with live music and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Dress is semi-formal.

                General admission tickets—$50—are available at the Chipola Center for the Arts, The Marianna Fitness Center and the Gazebo Café. Call 850-718-2220 for credit card orders, or contact sirmonc@chipola.edu

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September 6, 2012

INTERNATIONAL TRADE SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNAChipola College will offer a small business seminar, International Trade, Part 1, on Friday, Sept. 21, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The class provides an overview of import and export opportunities for Florida businesses. Participants will learn about global businesses and trade investments. The seminar will cover ways to develop a trade plan and to secure resources for starting a trade business.

                Chipola will offer several more small business seminars this year.  All seminars meet Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                “Business Plan Basics” is Oct. 12.  Participants will learn which business type is suited to their personality and to create an impressive, professional business plan. The seminar also will include a walk-through of the business plan process in order to obtain financing and to create a successful business.  

                 “International Trade, Part 2” will meet Oct. 26.  Participants will learn about market penetration strategies, market presence, collections, getting paid, export finance, and exporting for the service industry.

                “Marketing Series, Part 1:  Introduction to 21st Century Marketing” is Nov. 9.  “Marketing Series, Part 2:   Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” is Nov. 16. “Credit Basics” is set for Dec. 7.

                Cost of each seminar is $30. The first five Chipola students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission. 

                Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com For more information, contact Elissa Severson at Chipola College at 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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September 6, 2012

CHIPOLA TO HOST FALL BASEBALL CLASSIC

 

                MARIANNA—Panhandle Conference baseball fans can get a preview of four league teams in action in the Chipola Fall Baseball Classic, Sept. 13-16, at the Chipola field.

                The event begins Thursday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. with Andrew College vs. Wallace Dothan. At 1:30 p.m., Wallace Dothan plays Lurleen B. Wallace, and at 4 p.m., Lurleen B. Wallace meets Andrew College.

                Friday, Sept. 14, games include: 10 a.m., Pensacola vs. Alabama Southern; 12:30 p.m., Alabama Southern vs. Tallahassee; 3 p.m. Pensacola vs. Middle Georgia and at 5:30 p.m. Middle Georgia vs. Tallahassee.

                On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Chipola High School Select Showcase begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by Chipola-Scout Day at 3 p.m.

                Fall Classic games continue Sunday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. with Chipola vs. Gulf Coast. At 1:30 p.m., Central Alabama plays Gulf Coast and at 4 p.m., Chipola meets Central Alabama.

                For information, call coach Jeff Johnson at 850-718-2237, or visit www.chipola.edu

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September 11, 2012

CHIPOLA DRESSING ROOM TO BE NAMED FOR PROFESSOR LEE SHOOK

 

                MARIANNA—The men’s dressing room for the main theatre in the new Chipola College Center for the Arts will forever be known as the “Lee Shook Men’s Dressing Room:  BREAK A LEG!”

                Thanks to his $10,000 legacy gift, Shook will forever have his name associated with the new 50,000 square-foot performing arts complex.  Earlier this year, Shook, an accounting professor at the college, challenged Chipola employees to contribute to the Applause! campaign and he would match these contributions up to $10,000.  Both current and former Chipola personnel did just that with a cumulative contribution of over $11,500. 

                Shook has a long history of philanthropy in the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts department and in the community.  He has endowed the Lee Shook Theatre Scholarship that will forever give students an opportunity to study theatre at Chipola. Many in the community recognize his generosity, and Mr. and Mrs. John Mulder purchased a Bronze Star as a tribute to Shook that will forever hang on the Wall of Stars in the lobby of the Center for the Arts.

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Lee is well known in the community for his endearing personality and his love for the arts.  He has performed in seven Chipola Theatre productions and sang in the college Community Chorus.  It is clear that Lee Shook is one of a kind and will leave a legacy at Chipola for generations of students and patrons alike.” 

                For information about how to leave a legacy in the arts through an endowment or naming opportunity at the Center for the Arts, contact Dr. Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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SHOOK DRESSING ROOM NAMED—The men’s dressing room for the main theatre in the new Chipola College Center for the Arts will forever be known as the “Lee Shook Men’s Dressing Room:  BREAK A LEG!” thanks to his $10,000 gift to the college. Pictured from left, are: Chipola theater director Charles Sirmon, Chipola accounting professor Lee Shook, Applause co-chair Joan Stadsklev and Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts.

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September 11, 2012

ETHIOPIAN COFFEE FARMER TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA—Ethiopian coffee farmer Tadesse Meskela will address the Chipola College Honors program, Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. The public is invited to the meeting which will be held in Jackson Lecture Hall of the college Literature/Language Building (Z).

                Meskela’s talk is entitled, “How Cooperative Structures Benefit Coffee Growing Communities in Ethiopia." He is the manager of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union that represents over 74,000 farmers. The Co-Op was featured in the documentary “Black Gold.”  He also is a proponent of fair-trade, and speaks publicly in support of it around the world.

                Meskela grew up in the countryside outside Addis Ababa, Bishoftu, and studied his way out of poverty to eventually make it to a university. In the early 1990’s while working for the state Agricultural Bureau, he attended a two-month co-operative training in Japan and was inspired to develop a cooperative union system to help Ethiopian coffee farmers receive fair prices for their produce. The Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union was established in 1999. Since 2004, the Co-Op has facilitated the construction of four new schools, 17 additional classrooms, four health centers, two clean water supply stations, and in terms of dividends, $2 million has been given back to the farmers.

                Dan Bailey, owner of Amavida Coffee in Sea Side and Rosemary Beach in Bay County, facilitated Meskela’s visit to Chipola. Bailey purchases coffee for his stores from the Oromia Co-Op.

                More information about the Ethiopian coffee cooperative is available at http://blackgoldmovie.com/production-notes

                For information about the lecture, call Honors adviser Bonnie Smith at 850-526-2761, Ext. 3247 or email smithb@chipola.edu

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September 13, 2012

CHIPOLA TEACHER ED GRADS TEACHING IN AREA SCHOOLS

 

                MARIANNA—As school begins, Chipola College Teacher Education graduates are also going back to school, but this time they are in the K–12 schools throughout the five-county district and in neighboring counties.  

                Local and national high unemployment rates have not been a reality for the graduates of Chipola’s School of Education.  All 2012 graduates from Chipola’s Elementary Education, Science Education and Mathematics Education programs who sought positions were hired by the beginning of the 2012–13 school year. This continues a hiring trend that has been consistent since Chipola graduated its first mathematics and science teacher candidates in 2005.  Seven years later, mathematics and science graduates still are needed to fill the continuing demand for qualified mathematics and science teachers.  

                In 2008, Chipola added new programs in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education, followed by English Education in 2011.  This spring, Chipola will graduate its first English Education teachers. 

                In addition to high placement rates, Chipola Teacher Education graduates are also exceeding the State Average on longevity of stay in the classroom.  A study by the Harvard Graduate School of Education revealed that many new teachers do not return to the classroom after the first year.  According to Florida data only 79% return after the first year, 72% after the second year and only 65% return after year three. Chipola has consistently had over 85% retention rates all teachers in all areas.  Of Chipola’s 2011 graduates in Elementary Education, Science and Mathematics Education, 100% received jobs in the district schools and 100% of the Elementary and Science graduates returned were rehired by their principals and returned to the classroom.  The Mathematics Education program had an 85% return to the classroom.  

                Dr. Lou Cleveland, Dean of the Chipola School of Education, says, “Because of rigorous course requirements, Chipola teachers are classified as ‘highly qualified’ with many of them having both reading and ESOL endorsements upon graduation. Our curriculum provides teachers with a strong foundation which makes them valuable employees.”   

                Randy Ward, principal of Grand Ridge School, says, “The teachers coming from Chipola’s education program demonstrate an extraordinary command of their subject matter and classroom management skills.  I believe this is due to the quality instruction they have received and the time spent observing and teaching in our classrooms.”

                Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs. Bachelor’s Degrees in Education include majors in Middle and High School Math or Science, English Education, Exceptional Student Education and Elementary Education.

                For information, visit www.chipola.edu or call 850-718-2492.

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CHIPOLA TEACHER ED GRADS TEACHING IN AREA SCHOOLS—Tenisha Henderson, Character Education teacher at Golson Elementary School, reads to students Christina Pendleton and Camden Bruner. Henderson is one of the many Chipola education graduates working in area schools this Fall. All 2012 graduates from Chipola’s Elementary Education, Science Education and Mathematics Education programs who sought positions within area school systems were hired. For information about Chipola’s Teacher Education programs, visit www.chipola.edu or call 850-718-2492.

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September 13, 2012

CHIPOLA GALA IS THURSDAY

 

                MARIANNA—The new $16 million Chipola College Center for the Arts opens Thursday, Sept. 20, with A Grand Night featuring two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers and Broadway star Tony Yazbeck.  The event includes an after party with live music and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Dress is semi-formal.

                General admission tickets—$50—are available at the Chipola Center for the Arts, The Marianna Fitness Center and the Gazebo Café. Call 850-718-2220 for credit card orders, or contact sirmonc@chipola.edu

                Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre at Chipola, says, “Everyone is going to love Sally. She’s a hoot and a great talent.” Struthers will perform her one-woman show which includes tales from her days as Gloria on “All in the Family,” and also about her real life romance with Elvis Presley. In between, she’ll sing a couple of numbers, likely “Little Girls” from her role as Miss Hannigan in “Annie” and maybe even a John Prine song “Hello in There,” made popular by Bette Midler.

                Struthers is also expected to mix with the crowd at the after-party immediately following the show. 

                Tony Yazbeck will sing and tap dance his way across the brand new Chipola stage and into the hearts of the first-ever audience in the new Center. Yazbeck most recently played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago.” Other Broadway credits include: “White Christmas” (Phil Davis), “Gypsy” (Tulsa), “A Chorus Line” (Al), “Never Gonna Dance,” “Oklahoma” and “Gypsy” with Tyne Daly.

                Tony has performed at Carnegie Hall and many of the top nightclub and concert venues in New York City. On Television, Tony has been featured on “As The World Turns,” “All My Children,” and in the first season of the new NBC hit series “Smash” about the creation of a Broadway musical.

                For information about the gala, phone Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre at Chipola, at 850-718-2227.

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September 13, 2012

ARTS EDUCATOR TO SPEAK AT CRAA

 

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Jim’s Buffet, with a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and program beginning at noon.

                The program will feature flutist Donna Wissinger who was recently contracted by CRAA to provide Children’s Programming at a dozen schools in the Chipola district.   Her programs will include the Pied Piper, Legendary Florida, as well as master classes.  Her swing through the Chipola district is the premiere of the state-sponsored Legendary Florida initiative to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Ponce de Leon. 

                Wissinger will give a sneak peek of this program and talk about the impact the program is making in area school systems.

                Also at the meeting, representatives from Florida Public Utilities are expected to donate $1,000 to the CRAA mini-grant program that will fund grant requests by area music, art, and theatre teachers.  Due to the popularity of the program, only half of mini-grant applications were funded last year.

                There will also be a door prize of two free tickets to the Artist Series event Street Corner Symphony on Sept. 27 in the new Center for the Arts. 

                For information about CRAA, contact Dr. Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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September 13, 2012

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WARD IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Evelyn Ward is Chipola College’s Career Employee for September. Ward serves as a Publications Coordinator in the Public Relations department and has worked at the college since 1996. Here, Ward is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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FIRST FEDERAL BANK OF FLORIDA JOINS CHIPOLA APPLAUSE! CAMPAIGN—First Federal Bank of Florida in Marianna recently partnered with Chipola College with a $1,000 donation in support of the new Chipola Center for the Arts. Pictured from left are Don Nowell, Senior Regional Commercial Officer at First Federal; Sandy Spear, VP and Regional Sales Manager at First Federal; and Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at Chipola.

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 September 20, 2012

FPU and Artists Guild to CO-host Artist Series Reception

 

                MARIANNAThe first “Meet the Artist” reception in the new Chipola Center for the Arts on Sept. 27 will be a delightful treat for Artist Series season ticket holders as Florida Public Utilities adds their “creative energy” and support to the event. Florida Public Utilities has partnered with The Artists Guild of Northwest Florida, Inc. to make the first reception of the 2012-13 season a stellar performance.

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Florida Public Utilities has been a champion of the arts and arts education in Jackson County for years.  They are a Benefactor of the Chipola Regional Arts Association’s Partner in the Arts, providing art education mini-grants to schools throughout the area in 2011 and 2012. Their contribution provided five mini-grants to area schools each year.”

                In 2011, FPU was the first company to become a Renaissance Gold Sponsor of the annual Sunday Afternoon with the Arts. They are continuing that tradition for the 2012 event on Nov. 4. 

                The Artist Series Reception will be hosted in the beautiful lobby of the new Chipola Center for the Arts. The reception is open to season ticket holders following the Artist Series performance by Street Corner Symphony, a contemporary a cappella group based out of Nashville. They became internationally-known in 2010 when they were runners-up on NBC’s all-vocal competition, The Sing-Off.  Since their television success, Street Corner Symphony has performed throughout the U.S. and around the world.

                Artists Series season tickets include a package of four special performances beginning with Street Corner Symphony on Sept. 27.  Illusionist, Sammy Cortino brings his Las Vegas style magic show on Jan. 17. Jazz quartet Davis and Dow are in concert on Feb. 7. Three on a String will feature bluegrass, country music and family friendly comedy on April 11.

                Each performance is followed by a “Meet the Artist” Reception open to season ticket holders. Season tickets are $48 per person for the four performances which is a savings of 15 percent off the individual ticket price. Season tickets are available at www.chipola.edu or at the Chipola Center for the Arts box office Monday through Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. through Sept. 26.   Individual tickets are still available as well.

                The Artists Guild of Northwest Florida, Inc. is a not for profit 501(c) (3) Florida Corporation based in Jackson County. They are the organizing force behind the annual Sunday Afternoon with the Arts and the art exhibits at the Jackson County Library and Tyndall Credit Union locations in Jackson and Washington Counties. 

                The Artists Guild’s mission is to enrich the cultural and artistic life of Northwest Florida and the surrounding areas through educational programs and opportunities in the visual, performing, and literary arts.

                For information, contact Nancy Zurenda, President at The Artists Guild at P.O. Box 1605, Marianna, Fl. 32447, or at www.tagnwfl.org.  

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FPU HELPS CHIPOLA—Florida Public Utilities representative Lynwood Tanner (left) presents a check to Dr. Daniel Powell, Executive Director of the Chipola Regional Arts Association in support of CRAA Mini Grants for area teachers.

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September 20, 2012

MARIANNA SINGER TO PERFORM FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

           

                MARIANNA—The first event in the Chipola Artist Series will have a local connection as Marianna High graduate John Martin performs with Street Corner Symphony on Sept. 27. The male a cap­pella group was a finalist on NBC’s “The Sing Off” earlier this year.

                Martin is generally found singing the highest parts for Street Corner Symphony. He also is one of the main arrangers for SCS, being responsible for the arrangements of "Fix You," "Mad World," and from the soon-to-be-released second album, "Southern Autumn Nostalgia."

                 A classically-trained tenor, Martin graduated from Marianna High in 2005 where he was a member of the marching band and show choir. He holds Bachelor's Degrees in Music and Religion from Huntingdon College where he studied under Dr. James W. Glass. While at Huntingdon, he won several competitions, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) auditions. It was also there that he met Mark McLemore, who invited him to join Street Corner Symphony. 

                He is the son of the Rev. Dr. Ronald Martin and Terri Martin of Marianna. He says, “My parents are to thank for getting me involved in music.”

                Street Corner Symphony is a contemporary a cappella group based out of Nashville, Tennessee, founded on in May of 2010 to compete in NBC’s all-vocal competition, The Sing-Off. They became internationally known when they became runners-up on the show’s second season. These southern gents quickly won over Sing-Off judges Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men), and Nicole Scherzinger (The Pussycat Dolls), and--most importantly--millions of NBC primetime viewers after demonstrating their unique, laid-back-yet-dynamic style of a cappella.

                Since their success on The Sing-Off, Street Corner Symphony has made their mark on the music world, recording albums, providing clinics for schools, giving benefits for cancer, performing across the country and around the world, and even working with major artists including Ben Folds, Alison Krauss, and Take 6’s Claude McKnight.

                The six members of the group all hail from the South­east, and they include three brothers: Jeremy, Jonathan, and Richie Lister, and three college friends: Adam Chance, John Martin, and Mark McLemore. Five of the six are the sons of ministers which contributes to their natural ears for harmony as well as their playful sense of mischief.  All six of them have expertise in a wide variety of styles allowing the group to move seamlessly between most styles of music, feeling at home in all of them. Their repertoire covers a wide range, from gospel and barbershop to rock and pop, appealing to the young and old alike.

                For information, visit www.streetcornersymphony.com For tickets, visit www.chipola.edu, click on “Fine Arts” and “Artist Series.” Online tickets can be printed at home, or with an order con­firmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show.

                The Chipola Artist Series season lineup includes Street Corner Symphony, Sept. 27;  Illusionist Sammy Cortino’s Las Vegas style magic show Jan. 17, 2013. The Davis and Dow jazz quartet featuring a vocalist and a request by favorites second half is Feb.7, 2013. The popular bluegrass/country comedy group, Three on a String, will perform April 11, 2013.

                For those who want to purchase tickets in person, they are available in the Center for the Arts Box Office until Sept. 26, Monday through Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

                Season tickets are $48 and include a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions. Single event tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for children under 18. 

                For information, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 718-2257.

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MARIANNA SINGER TO PERFORM FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES—The first event in the Chipola Artist Series will have a local connection as Marianna High graduate John Martin performs with Street Corner Symphony on Sept. 27. The male a cap­pella group was a finalist on NBC’s The Sing Off earlier this year. Members of Street Corner Symphony are, from left: Richie Lister, Mark McLemore, Jeremy Lister, John Martin of Marianna, Adam Chance and Jonathan Lister.

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September 20, 2012

AREA SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN CHIPOLA COMMUNITY CHORUS

 

                MARIANNA—Area singers are invited to be the first to sing in the Chipola College Community Chorus in the new Center for the Arts, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. This historic event is also the premiere of Chipola’s new vocal instructor, Dale Heidebrecht.

                Rehearsals are scheduled for Tuesdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2 – Nov. 6, in the Center for the Arts Experimental Theatre. The final rehearsal is Nov. 8 in the Main Theatre.

                Contemporary works will be selected to highlight the new facility.  An antiphonal a cappella choir and an Aaron Copland piece are among the music to be selected.

                No experience is necessary, just a willing spirit and enthusiasm for this historic first choir concert in the new Center for the Arts.

                Interested singers are asked to contact Dale Heidebrecht at (850) 718-2376 or email:

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September 20, 2012

BUSINESS PLAN BASICS SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNAChipola College will offer a small business seminar, “Business Plan Basics,” Oct. 12.  Participants will learn which business type is suited to their personality and to create an impressive, professional business plan. The seminar also will include a walk-through of the business plan process in order to obtain financing and to create a successful business.  

                Chipola will offer several more small business seminars this year.  All seminars meet Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                “International Trade, Part 2” will meet Oct. 26.  Participants will learn about market penetration strategies, market presence, collections, getting paid, export finance, and exporting for the service industry.

“Marketing Series, Part 1:  Introduction to 21st Century Marketing” is Nov. 9.  “Marketing Series, Part 2:     Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” is Nov. 16. “Credit Basics” is set for Dec. 7.

                Cost of each seminar is $30. The first five Chipola students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission. 

                Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com For more information, contact Elissa Severson at Chipola College at 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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September 20, 2012

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CHIPOLA FUTURE EDUCATORS—The Chipola College Future Educator Club (FEC) recently hosted a seminar for incoming juniors in the Teacher Education Program.   Each FEC officer chose a program requirement area and gave successful strategies for meeting the requirements.   Topics included: How To Do Research for Lesson-planning, How To Build Classroom Models and Displays, How To Make Use of the Teacher Education Resource Room, and How To Network with Other Students.  FEC officers are, from left: Brittany Collings, Sarah Moore, Monica Jones, Jennifer Adkinson and Coy Williams.

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September 20, 2012

CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM PLACES IN MERCER MEET

 

                 MARIANNA—The Chipola College Women’s Cross Country team finished 15th in the recent Mercer RunFit Invitational in Macon, Georgia. 

                In the women’s 5K race, Natalya Miller of Wewahitchka ran her personal best time of 20:37 to lead the Chipola squad and set a new record time for the Cross Country program.  She finished 22nd overall in the field of 166 runners.

                Donia Lanier of Wewahitchka posted a time of 23:26 and Kimi Wiltse of Altha ran a 24:53. Other Chipola team members include Sharlyn Smith of Altha, Katheryn Huffman of Marianna and Lauren Pettis of Marianna.

                Chipola finished second among five JUCO teams. A total of 19 college and university teams competed with five in the JUCO division. 

                The Chipola team will travel to Pensacola on Sept. 22 to compete in the University of West Florida Stampede. 

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September 20, 2012

GIVENS NAMED CHIPOLA ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

 

                MARIANNA—Dr. Steve Givens has been named Athletic Director at Chipola College. He is only the second full-time athletic director in the history of the college as he replaces Dr. Dale O’Daniel who retired in May.

                A native of Tallahassee, Givens played high school football and baseball at Godby High. He was a first team all-state baseball player and moved on to a baseball career at Florida State University from where he played from 1981 to 1983. At FSU, he played third base and all three outfield positions, including two years as a starter.

                Prior to coming to Chipola as Coordinator of Physical Education in 2008, Givens served for three years as Athletic Director at North Florida Community College. He also was head baseball coach at North Florida two different times for a total of 11 years. His baseball career also included head coaching jobs at Kennesaw State University and South Georgia College, and as assistant coach at Georgia Tech. Givens worked for six years in the professional ranks as a Scouting Supervisor and Minor League Coach with the Atlanta Braves.

                Dr. Givens earned three degrees from Florida State, a B.S. in Criminology, a master’s degree in Sports Management and a Ph.D. in Physical Education.

                Givens has two children Bert and Rachel.  Bert joined the Chipola baseball team this year after a medical redshirt season at Florida State last year.  His daughter Rachel is a senior at Chiles High School in Tallahassee.

                As athletic director, Givens has responsibility for Chipola’s five intercollegiate sports teams: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, women’s softball and women’s cross country. The college also has an award-winning cheerleader program.

                Givens says, “Chipola has a great tradition in athletics and an excellent record of preparing student-athletes for the next level. This is evident in our graduation and transfer rates. We are proud of what our students are able to accomplish in the classroom and on the field of play. As athletic director, I want to ensure that our student-athletes have every opportunity to reach their academic and athletic goals.”

                In 2007 Chipola College became the first and only Florida College to win State and Regional Championships in four major sports in the same year. That same year, the Chipola Baseball and Softball programs both won National Championships.

                Dozens of former Chipola athletes in all four major sports are on university rosters across the country. More than 25 former Indians are active in professional baseball including seven on current Major League Baseball rosters.

                Notable alumni of Chipola athletics include 2011 MLB homerun leader Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees catcher Russell Martin and Buck Showalter, manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

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September 20, 2012

CHIPOLA COLLEGE ATHLETICS GOLF TOURNAMENT

           

                MARIANNA— The Chipola College Athletics program will host a golf tournament at Indian Springs Golf Course Friday, Oct. 26, at 12:30 p.m.  Entry and sponsorship deadline is Friday, Oct. 19.

                Entry fee is $200 per team for a Four Person Scramble which covers greens fees, cart, lunch, and the chance to win door prizes.  Mulligans are $5.

                Tournament prizes will be awarded for: Longest drive, Closest to the Pin and Hole-in-one. Two sponsorships are available. Corportate Sponsor ($300) includes entry for one team and a club house sign. Hole sponsorships are $50. 

                All Chipola fans are invited to show support by playing, sponsoring a team, purchasing a sponsorship or making a monetary donation.   All proceeds will benefit the Chipola Athletic Department.

                For more information, call Terry Allen at (850) 849-0462 or Joc Calloway at (850) 718-2451.

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September 27, 2012

REGISTER FOR CHIPOLA TERM “C” OCT. 11

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold new and returning student registration for Fall term C, Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Term C classes begin Friday, Oct. 12. Late registration continues through 3 p.m. Oct. 12. 

                Term C courses include: (AMH 2020) American History since 1865 (online); (CLP 2140) Abnormal Psychology (online); (ENC 1101) Comm Skills I (online); (DEP 2102) Child Psychology; (DEP 2004) Human Growth and Development; (PSY 2012) General Psychology and (SLS 1101) Orientation, (online).    Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript. Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register. 

                For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

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September 27, 2012

CHIPOLA STUDENTS ELECT SGA OFFICERS

 

                MARIANNA – The Chipola College Student Government Association recently held Fall 2012 elections.

                Officers for the 2012-13 school year are: SGA President, Karlee Floyd of Malone; and vice president, Jaren Bannerman of Marianna.

                Sophomore officers include: sophomore class president, Dara Wilkerson of Bonifay; sophomore class vice president, Hannah Colbert of Marianna; sophomore senators: Cherie Baggett of Marianna, Jessica Bean of Bonifay, Ruby Harrison of Chattahoochee, Tyler McClellan of Blountstown, Trey McKay of Marianna and Joshua Williams of Blountstown.

                Freshman officers include: freshman class president, John Eubanks of Bonifay; freshman class vice president, Christopher Godwin of Marianna; freshman senators: Kendall Alderman of Chipley, Cody Barfield of Marianna, Lauryl Clark of Malone, Tiffany Crayton of Grand Ridge, Megan Davis of Cottondale, Olivia Guettler of Chipley, Joshua Myers of Chipley, John Peterson of Marianna, Meredith Saunders of Chipley, Jennifer Ruiz of Cottondale and Lucas Uzzell of Bristol.  Other officers include: Chief justice, Garion Grant of Marianna; Secretary, Courtney Massengill of Marianna; Parliamentarian, Sydney Stone of Sneads; Treasurer, Shayne Blanton of Marianna; Sergeant at Arms, Brittany Arnold of Sneads and Chaplain, Jeff Pitts of Chipley.

                All students enrolled at Chipola are members of the SGA and may, through their chosen representatives, have a voice in the curricular and extracurricular programs of the college. SGA has jurisdiction over all student clubs and organizations and facilitates understanding between the student body and the faculty and administration of the college.

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September 27, 2012

CHIPOLA CELEBRATES WITH GRAND OPENING GALA

 

                MARIANNA—More than 400 friends of the college celebrated the first show in the new Chipola College Center for the Arts at a grand opening gala on Sept. 20.

                Two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers and Broadway star Tony Yazbeck performed for the well-dressed crowd. The event opened with the announcement that $100,000 had been raised in the Applause! fund-raising campaign.  Applause! co-chairs Harold Donaldson and Joan Stadsklev presented a giant ceremonial check to college president Dr. Gene Prough, theater director Charles Sirmon and associate dean of Fine and Performing Arts, Dr. Daniel Powell. 

                Tony Yazbeck sang and tap danced his way across the brand new Chipola stage and into the hearts of the first-ever audience in the new Center. Yazbeck, who most recently played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago,” said, “Marianna is blessed to have such a wonderful theatre.” Yazbeck sang numbers from West Side Story and other Broadway standards.

                Struthers performed her one-woman show for about an hour which included humorous tales from childhood and her days as Gloria on “All in the Family.” The character actress even sang a couple of numbers—“Little Girls” from her role as Miss Hannigan in “Annie” and the moving John Prine song “Hello in There,” made popular by Bette Midler.

                A live band comprised of Chipola students played in the courtyard outside the center following the show. Struthers and Yazbeck mixed with the crowd during the after-party to sign autographs and to pose for pictures.

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “This was a very special night in the history of the college. The possibilities for this new center are endless.”

                Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre at Chipola, says, “It was a grand night. Everyone loved Tony and Sally and raved about the new theatre. I am so excited about what this place will mean to our students and to the community.”

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September 27, 2012

SNEAK PEEK DINNER THEATRE SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Come enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes look at Chipola Theatre with Chipola College’s “Sneak Peek Dinner Theatre”, Monday, October 29, at the new Chipola Center for the Arts.  The event will include dinner and a dress-rehearsal view of Chipola College’s fall theatre production of “Noises Off”, which runs November 1- 4.

                The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature a pre-performance chat with Director Charles Sirmon about the production.  After dinner, guests will move to the theatre for a sneak peek at the dress rehearsal for the production.

                Written by Michael Fryan, Noises Off has been called the funniest farce ever written. The show presents a manic menagerie of a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called, “Nothing’s On.” Doors slamming, on-and backstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this classically comic play. The show also will feature a two-story revolving set. The New York Times, calls “Noises Off,” “The most dexterously-realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy

                The “Noises Off” cast includes: Leah Page as Dotty Otley, Dylan Bass as Loyd Dallas, Trey McKay as Garry Lejeune, Haylee Harris as Brooke Ashton, Kati Lane as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Colton Day as Frederick Fellowes, Christin Wiggins as Belinda Blair, Dante Brown as Tim Allgood and Nick Cessna as Selsdon  Mowbrary.

                Tickets are $25 per person which includes a steak dinner and theatre admission. Tables of eight are available for $200. Deadline for reservations is October 15.  There will be no additional seating available the night of the event.  This event may not be suitable for children under 13 years of age.

                The event is sponsored by the Chipola Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges.  AFC is the professional association for Florida's 28 state colleges, their Boards, employees, retirees, and associates.

                For ticket information, call Lillie Hamil at 850-718-2375 or Evelyn Ward at 850-718-2265. 

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September 27, 2012

AREA SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN CHIPOLA COMMUNITY CHORUS

 

                MARIANNA—Area singers are invited to be the first to sing in the Chipola College Community Chorus in the new Center for the Arts with rehearsals beginning Oct. 2. Rehearsals are scheduled on Tuesdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2 – Nov. 6, in the Center for the Arts Experimental Theatre. The final rehearsal is Nov. 8 in the main theatre with the performance slated for Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. This historic event is also the premiere of Chipola’s new vocal instructor, Dale Heidebrecht.

                Contemporary works will be selected to highlight the new facility.  An antiphonal a cappella choir and an Aaron Copland piece are among the music to be selected.

                No experience is necessary, just a willing spirit and enthusiasm for this historic first choir concert in the new Center for the Arts.

                Interested singers are asked to contact Dale Heidebrecht at (850) 718-2376 or email: heidebrechtd@chipola.edu

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September 27, 2012

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THE FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT—The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program sponsored Chipola College’s annual Fall Festival on Sept. 26. The Lottery provided t-shirts, ice cream, sunglasses and premium door prizes. Here, several of Chipola’s Bright Futures students pose with college and lottery officials. Pictured from left, are: Shayne Blanton; Chris Godwin; Cody Barfield; Rep. Marti Coley; Dr. Gene Prough, Chipola president; David Bishop, Deputy Secretary of the Florida Lottery; Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola senior vice president; Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola vice president; Courtney Massengill; Sydney Stone; John Whittington; Karlee Floyd and Ryan Smith.

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 September 27, 2012

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CHIPOLA COSMETOLOGY FOOD DRIVE—During the month of October, the Chipola College Cosmetology program will hold a food drive for Chipola Family Ministries. Some of the needed items are: two pound bags of flour or sugar, spaghetti noodles and sauce, canned meats, peanut butter and one pound packages of dry goods such as rice and beans.  Those making donations, will receive a complimentary paraffin wax treatment.  For information, call 718-2439.

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September 27, 2012

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ETHIOPIAN COFFEE TALK—Officials from the Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union that represents over 74,000 farmers in Ethiopia led a panel discussion at the Chipola College Honors program on Sept. 19.  The panel discussed fair trade and the ways that cooperative structures benefit coffee growing communities. Dan Bailey, owner of Amavida Coffee in Sea Side and Rosemary Beach in Bay County, facilitated meeting.

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September 27, 2012

CHIPOLA COLLEGE ATHLETICS GOLF TOURNAMENT

           

                MARIANNA— The Chipola College Athletics program will host a golf tournament at Indian Springs Golf Course Friday, Oct. 26, at 12:30 p.m.  Entry and sponsorship deadline is Friday, Oct. 19.

                Entry fee is $200 per team for a Four Person Scramble which covers greens fees, cart, lunch, and the chance to win door prizes.  Mulligans are $5.

                Tournament prizes will be awarded for: Longest drive, Closest to the Pin and Hole-in-one. Two sponsorships are available. Corporate Sponsor ($300) includes entry for one team and a club house sign. Hole sponsorships are $50. 

                All Chipola fans are invited to show support by playing, sponsoring a team, purchasing a sponsorship or making a monetary donation.   All proceeds will benefit the Chipola Athletic Department.

                For more information, call Terry Allen at (850) 849-0462 or Joc Calloway at (850) 718-2451.

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September 27, 2012

CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY COMPETES IN UWF MEET

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Women’s Cross Country team competed in the recent University of West Florida Gulf Coast Stampede in Pensacola on Sept. 22. 

                In the women’s 5K race, Natalya Miller of Wewahitchka ran a time of 20:16 to lead the Chipola squad. She finished 22nd overall in the field of 105 runners. Ironically, Miller also finished 22nd in the team’s previous meet in Macon, Georgia. For the second week in a row Miller ran a personal best and set a new record time for the Chipola Cross Country program.

                Chipola was the only junior college represented at the meet which included 12 colleges and universities.

                Chipola’s Donia Lanier of Wewahitchka improved on her last performance with a time of 22:44 to finish 70th overall. Kimi Wiltse of Altha ran a 24:59. Other Chipola team members include Sharlyn Smith of Altha, Katheryn Huffman of Marianna and Lauren Pettis of Marianna.         

                The Chipola team will travel to Albany on Sept. 29 to compete in the Darton College Skyles Farm Run.

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